Let There Be Light
For those of you working with returning veterans or who have veterans of the "War on Terror" among your friends and family, I strongly recommend you check out a film called "Let There Be Light". You can find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDNoaSMKx0g
The film was shot in 1946 but was not made available to the public until 1980. It tells the story of veterans returning home from WWII with "shell shock", what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. It is a documentary, not a work of fiction. The film was shot at military hospitals featuring real soldiers and real doctors. You have permission to make copies.
I believe the film could have a beneficial effect on returning soldiers by letting them know their situation is not new or unique. It is not a symptom of their lack of character or courage. It would also help those who think they "understand". They don't unless they have had the experience of facing imminent death or returning to camp covered with the blood of their friends. The soldiers
in this film share that experience.
I was lucky. I survived my service in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1972 only mildly deranged. Over 54,000 of my contemporaries did not survive. Others returned home to find a country which did not understand them and did not want to try. We give a lot of lip service to honoring veterans but when it comes to restoring them, our record can best be described as pitiful.
If you're looking for a way to serve our Father, this might be a great place to start.